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Remembering Rajiv Gandhi at 75

Last updated on: August 20, 2019 12:41 IST

Top Congress leaders, including party president Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, and former president Pranab Mukherjee, paid tributes to Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary on Tuesday.

IMAGE: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla exchanges greetings with Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi, senior BJP leader L K Advani, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi after paying tributes to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Photograph: Shahbaz Khan/PTI Photo

At a prayer meeting organised at 'Veer Bhumi', the memorial of Rajiv Gandhi, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also paid homage along with other family members.

 

A host of Congress leaders, including Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, were also present at the prayer meeting. Former vice president Hamid Ansari was also there.

An audio clip from one of Rajiv Gandhi speeches and devotional song 'Vaishnava Jan To' were playing in the background.

IMAGE: Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi pays tribute to her late husband Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary. Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter

Rahul Gandhi remembered his father as a patriot and a visionary whose far-sighted policies helped build India.

"Today we celebrate the 75th birth anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi ji, a patriot and a visionary, whose far-sighted policies helped build India.

"To me, he was a loving father who taught me never to hate, to forgive and to love all beings," he tweeted.

IMAGE: Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra remember their father on his birth anniversary. Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also tweeted, "From my father, I learned how to listen to people's stories and find a place in my heart for them no matter how contrary to mine they might be. #RajivGandhi75 #SadbhavanaDiwas."

Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said the values Rajiv Gandhi lived and worked for were "essentially the values that define our nation-spirit of tolerance, commitment to progressive policies and empathy to others".

"On his 75th birth anniversary homage to Rajiv ji should not only be a remembrance of his extraordinary personality and contribution to nation-building - it should also be marked by a reaffirmation of our commitment to abide by these very values," he tweeted.

IMAGE: Former PM Manmohan Singh attended a prayer meet in honour of Rajiv Gandhi. Photograph: @INCIndia/Twitter

The Congress, while remembering the former prime minister, said his dream was to make India a formidable force in 21st century as he focused on technology, education and giving a voice to the disenfranchised.

"India's strength lies in its unity and diversity. As we remember Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, we must also remember that his words are now more relevant than ever. We must never allow communal madness to break the bond of unity among us all. #SadbhavanaDiwas," the Congress wrote on its official Twitter handle.

"Shri Rajiv Gandhi's dream was to make India a formidable force in the 21st century. He focused on technology, education & giving a voice to the disenfranchised. His vision & policies are the foundation upon which India thrived & for that he will always be revered," it said.

IMAGE: Madhya Pradesh Congress party workers pay tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary, in Bhopal. Photograph: PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also remembered Rajiv Gandhi.

"Tributes to our former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his birth anniversary," Modi tweeted.

To observe the day as 'Sadbhavana Diwas', the Congress has planned a host of events during the week.

The party will also organise a big event at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on Tuesday where the Congress president will speak. A cultural programme will also being organised.

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